An interview with the late writer.
Friday, March 22
Tracking down a Congolese war criminal.
Born with spina bifida, Noor al-Zahra Haider entered the media spotlight in 2005 after U.S. troops arranged her life-saving surgery in America. This is what happened when she returned to Iraq.
Thursday, March 21
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Millionaires Clash Over Shadyside Mansion
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Joe Arridy Was the Happiest Man on Death Row
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A White Buffalo’s Death Breeds Suspicion and Lies
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A profile of the deadliest sniper in American history, who was murdered last month by a fellow soldier.
Conspiracy theories, utopian fantasies, and cult involvement surrounding the international standard of musical tuning.
Living with – and dying because of – hyperacusis, a condition that grossly intensifies hearing.
Wednesday, March 20
Alfred Anaya was a genius at installing secret compartments in cars. If they were used to smuggle drugs without his knowledge, he figured, that wasn’t his problem. He was wrong.
Rolf Potts is a veteran travel writer.
"Instead of seeking out the stories, the stories sort of found me. I miss those days. I mean, I make more money from my writing now and I'm probably a better journalist. But having seven-day weeks to wander, month after month, for two years, was a great way to find real and spontaneous and human travel stories."
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Amidst the football-obsessed culture of small-town Christian colleges in Kansas, a player is killed at a party.
The author tells the story of his kidnapping by militants in Syria.